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How can tai chi help prevent falls?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception -- the ability to sense the position of one's body in space -- declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it easier to recover from a stumble. Not only that, fear of falling can make you more likely to fall, and some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.

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